Most miners rescued after gold mine collapse

2016-02-05 12:48

Johannesburg - Around 30 to 40 miners were still trapped underground after the Lily Mine in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi area collapsed on Friday morning, paramedics said.

ER24's Russel Meiring said 80 miners had already been brought to the surface.

They had minor to moderate injuries ranging from breathing difficulties to lacerations.

Authorities were still busy on the scene.

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said around 115 of its members had been trapped in the fall.

"This is the second horrific incident within the past two weeks, which is not comprehensible and we are very saddened and disturbed to hear of such a horrendous incidence that has again hit our members," Amcu's Manzini Zungu said in a statement.

Earlier, it was reported that three miners are still unaccounted for.

According to Jacques Ainslie, a paramedic from Hi-Tech Ambulance Services one of the shafts collapsed and trapped about 52 mineworkers.

He said the three missing were suspected to be trapped in the room where the collapse started.

It is unknown what caused the mine to collapse.

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